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Showcase your data

What are other researchers doing to showcase their data?

Some research teams in a variety of disciplines (after an initial proprietary/embargo period of self-use of project-generated data) are in the habit of depositing descriptors (metadata) and sometimes also the datasets themselves in online, searchable databases. Examples include Centre de DonnĂ©es astronomiques de StrasbourgGlycomics knowledgebase:UniCarbKB or Dryad.

Some other disciplines are not yet this structured in terms of sharing descriptors and, where appropriate, datasets.  Researchers from either of these approaches can benefit from showcasing their data descriptors in Research Data Australia - RDA.

What is Research Data Australia - RDA?

Research Data Australia - RDA -  is an internet-based discovery service designed to provide rich connections between data, projects, researchers and institutions, and promote visibility of Australian research data collections in search engines. There are already many records describing datasets and collections created by Macquarie University researchers which are showcased in RDA. 

Please visit Macquarie University's collections in RDA. It is worth mentioning that contributing a collection record to RDA does not mean that you need to provide open access to your data. We understand that this is a real concern for researchers. Please refer to the Share Data page for more information about access options.

How can I showcase my data collections in RDA?

Macquarie University Library is providing the service of assisting researchers to create dataset descriptors in RDA, via ResearchOnline, Macquarie University's Institutional Repository.

If you have a data collection that could be described and showcased via ResearchOnline and RDA, please contacts the Library at

To give you an idea of the sorts of descriptors you will want to provide, please see the Describe Data (Metadata)  page, especially the Research Data Descriptors Template. Once the Library receives information about your research data collection, they may contact you to schedule an interview to talk about your research data collection/s and collect additional information in order to describe it accurately.

The description of your data collection will then be published in ResearchOnline and subsequently harvested into Research Data Australia.